Thursday, July 8, 2010
Hi everyone, Hope you all had a good 4th of July! As always life at The Loft has been pretty busy. Lot's of projects, with so little time to do them.
MOTW "Made on the Way", using some magazine images, and another image for a background. After I chose a magazine image for a background I then drew a red heart using some Portfolio, water soluble oil pastels, and doodled with a white Uniball "Signo" pen. I then adhered the cupid to the background with some pop up foam adhesive.
6/9/10 - "Days Like This" for this card I tried several different things. First I collaged a background from sever different magazine images, the used a white Adirondack paint dabber to soften the color a bit. I cut a black and white image of this woman from the Tweety Jill "Fashion Ladies" collage pack and adhered her on top of the background. Next I used some of my Stencil Collection chalks to add some color to the image. I then laid down a line of Tombow two way glue on the hat and went into my dollhouse stash and pulled out out small crumbled foam like material used for dollhouse landscaping, and covered the line with the foam to add dimension. Lastly I added a small bubble tag and added some journaling.
Zig markers, a Uniball Signo pen, a red extra fine Pilot pen, and Crayola watercolor pencils.
Gesso on it. I next used a pencil to sketch in a few changes I wanted to make to the photo before I painted. I altered the hair and added a necklace. I then outline parts of the photo with a Martha Stewart charcoal extra fine tip marker. I then used my Liquitex "Basics" acrylics to paint the image and the background. After it was dry I added some highlight with a white Uniball "Signo" pen, and colored in the chain of the necklace with a silver marker.
For something a little different I decided to try my hand at creating digital cards, and devoted an entire week to it. I absolutely love doing digital cards.as not only does it add more creative possibilities and are quicker to make, which means I can get to other projects as well but, it also gives me even more opportunity to play in photoshop. I love Photoshop Elements, and even though I have taken many classes on it and have become somewhat well versed in it, there is still a lot to learn and discover. I also love playing and seeing the possibilities in a new medium, starting with the basic image itself.
burqa online and was immediately drawn to the eyes. They were so captivating yet so subtle in the expression that I was torn on how to manipulate this image and what emotion to convey. In thinking about what road to take with this one card however got me inspired on the concept of trying another digital theme week to see what you could do with the same image everyday (More on that later). There wasn't much I needed to do to the original photo other than to crop a little more and boost the contrast a bit. I then used additional layers to colorize her eye and her lips. I then used a character preset for the tear drop and a cool angel statue digital brush I had in my digi stash to try to help create the mood. There was a lot more I know I could have done to create a more realistic feel to convey the emotion, but my original thought was to use this photo again for the one image every day digital theme week, so I left this one which relates the mood in a more obvious way.
You may have noticed that for the digital cards in this post, I am using images that I have found on the Internet and manipulated. I do not own these images which were found through a random google search and were used solely for an educational purpose to show how images can be manipulated as a way to lend some inspiration to others to be more creative in what you can do with your own photos. I have also used my own photos for cards, which you will see in future posts from The Loft.
Well that's all I have for now, but tune in next time to see the rest of the cards from Digital week. Coming soon will another digital week, previously mentioned which will be called "One is All You Need" which will be my experiment in the possibilities of digital manipulation using the same photo for an entire week. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you come back soon.